Priorities and Objectives
The Emergency Operations Center has been activated since the beginning of March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are more than 150 staff assigned to the response effort, with the majority of those people working remotely. The EOC organizational chart shows our structure. Photo below was taken on March 20. We have less people now, and we wear face coverings when we can't maintain six feet of distance between us.
EOC Objectives for This Operational Period
- Equity: Ensure all EOC sections incorporate equity considerations into their actions and prioritize support to vulnerable populations and marginalized communities.
- Reopening: By May 22, submit the County’s application to the governor requesting approval to reopen on June 1, provided we meet all the prerequisites.
- Public Information: Maintain public trust and minimize misinformation by providing timely information, guidance, and clarity to the community regarding the preparation and implications for reopening.
- Positive Cases: Track, respond to, and support positive cases.
- Expanded Disease Investigation and Mitigation: Prepare to implement updated OHA investigative guidelines by building an expanded workforce to manage comprehensive case investigation, contact tracing, active monitoring, and isolation and quarantine.
- Isolation and Quarantine Support: Plan and prepare for provision of basic needs for people who require assistance while isolated or quarantined.
- Governor’s Order: Continue to coordinate the thorough implementation of physical distancing measures and enforce the governor’s executive orders directly related to COVID-19; prevent and mitigate complacency while planning for Phase 1 Reopening.
- Disparate Impacts: Develop and implement strategies to slow disease spread in settings and communities that are disproportionately impacted (communities of color, long-term care and other congregate housing facilities, migrant farmworkers).
- Resources: Provide resources, including medical PPE and other support, to eligible recipients.
- Community Essential Needs: Assess and monitor the impacts to essential needs with a focus on vulnerable populations and marginalized communities. Coordinate with community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies to address gaps and connect people in need with resources.
- Behavioral Health: Assess and monitor the behavioral health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop strategies to address gaps and improve overall mental health and well-being.
- Recovery: Support and coordinate countywide and regional recovery efforts by recovering County costs through disaster assistance programs and by sharing economic assistance resources with businesses.
EOC Priorities for This Operational Period
- Support and coordinate efforts to mitigate the impact of the disease.
- Support community reopening and resumption of economic activity in alignment with disease control best practices
- Using an equity lens, prioritize and support people who are likely to be more heavily impacted by COVID-19 and disease control measures (e.g., people who are houseless, communities of color, people with limited English proficiency, older adults, people in congregate settings, and people with pre-existing health conditions).
- Assess and lessen the impacts of the disease on community lifelines and the economy.
- Support, encourage, and facilitate community resiliency and leverage community support.
- Ensure an inclusive and equitable response by addressing stigmatization and racism, making equitable decisions, and promoting positive messages.